“WHAT a busy day of jollity we have enjoyed today! Christmas jumpers sparkled, sung, glittered and flickered as they were proudly displayed at car gate this morning and your very generous donations have allowed us to give £135 to our chosen charity, The Wildlife Trusts. Keeping the excitement going, our final Celebration Assembly was certainly festive. Mr Attwater joined us live from Queen’s Hall to wish us all Merry Christmas, praise those who had been awarded merits and also add some more of our carefully crafted baubles onto his Christmas tree.

“We concluded our filming of the Christmas Service yesterday, in the Cathedral. The staff are full of praise for the children’s calm waiting, well remembered lines and confident speaking. We hand over our precious offering to Mr North and Mr Merrell now, as they work their magic to piece the scenes together, adjust sound and overlay music. Thank you to both teachers for their support and assistance without which this infant plan, from back before half term, would never have come to fruition. Please look out for your complementary DVD in the book bags next Tuesday, with our best wishes for a Happy Christmas.

“As lunchtime approaches, the children are eagerly awaiting their allotted time to go Christmas Lunch. It is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to our catering team, led by Debbie Howell, for looking after us so well this year. Christmas craft activities now intermingle with the learning as the sounds of ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman’ keep the mood light and fun! We continue to the end of term on Wednesday 16 December with further festive fun, as we embark on the ‘festive hat fun run’ on Tuesday morning and we conclude with ‘The Best Christmas Parties Ever’ taking place across the week for Nursery and on Wednesday morning for Acremont pupils. I hear that the children will be welcomed into school by two jolly elves on the final morning of the term!

“It has been a memorable Michaelmas Term, where we have again put our best foot forward against the virus that has forced so many changes on us. Both staff and children have demonstrated commendable resilience and adaptability whilst always keeping our sense of Acremont good cheer. I would like to say a sincere thank you to both staff and parents for all you have contributed to our much valued and happy community; your determination, faith and support are hugely appreciated. Please can I ask all families to observe Government guidance regarding travel, mixing and onset of Covid symptoms during the holidays, so that we can return fit and well at the start of the Lent Term.

“All that remains is to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may your holiday be full of joy and peace. We look forward to welcoming the children back to Acremont on Wednesday, 6 January 2021.”

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